Vernacular architecture

Vernacular architecture is a term used to categorize methods of construction which use locally available resources and traditions to address local needs and circumstances. Vernacular architecture tends to evolve over time to reflect the environmental, cultural and historical context in which it exists. (wiki)

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Agadez: vernacular mudbrick architecture (AB ev)
Arequipa: dignified casonas, characteristic well-proportioned vernacular houses (AB ev)
Asmara: vernacular styles from the highlands were adopted and assimilated by Italian architects, engineers and planners in the design of buildings and public space
Bahla Fort: the fort and mud houses in the oasis
Bam Cultural Landscape: the most representative example of a fortified medieval town built in vernacular technique using mud layers (AB ev)
Bassari Country: traditional architecture (AB ev)
Battir: The main manifestations of vernacular buildings within the property are the stone watchtowers, manatir. (AB ev)
Berat and Gjirokastra: vernacular housing (AB ev)
Fertö/Neusiedlersee: "The remarkable rural architecture of the villages surrounding the lake "
Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda: "The richly decorated church facades are of special interest as they represent an example of the joint creative efforts of the missionaries and the Indios. The rural settlements that grew around the missions have retained their vernacular character." (unesco website)
Ghadames: A remarkable domestic architectural style distinguishes Ghadames as a unique site among a series of pre-Saharan cities and settlements (AB ev)
Goias: "vernacular techniques"
Granada: The residential district of the Albaycín is a rich repository of Moorish vernacular architecture (AB ev)
Haghpat and Sanahin: blending of elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture of the Caucasian region (AB ev)
Hani Rice Terraces: The traditional vernacular buildings have walls built of rammed earth, of adobe bricks or of earth and stone under a tall, hipped, roof thatched with straw that gives the houses a distinctive 'mushroom' shape. (whc)
Harar: traditional townhouses
Kaiping Diaolou: original, single-storey, vernacular village houses (AB ev)
Maymand: cave dwellings carved out of the soft rock (kamar)
Mbanza Kongo: : Some dwellings conserve the characteristic traits of the typical 19th-20th century Kongo house (Nzo). Built on rubble foundations, with earthen or brick walls (the brick may be sun-dried or fired); they are long houses with two main rooms under a pitched roof (originally covered with straw). Colonial elements were added (verandas, pillars), and later industrial elements (corrugated metal sheet) replaced the local materials. (AB ev)
Mount Athos: a treasury of vernacular architecture (UNEP-WCMC)
Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha: its temples are built in Sichuan vernacular architecture
Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan: its Taoist shrines and temples are built in Sichuan vernacular architecture
Quebrada de Humahuaca: The valley also displays several churches and chapels and a vibrant vernacular architectural tradition. (Icomos
Rabat: Vernacular architecture also provides a set of interesting elements, some of which have been inventorised, such as doors and their accessories. (AB ev)
SGang Gwaay: large cedar long houses, together with a number of carved mortuary and memorial poles, illustrate the art and way of life of the Haida (AB ev)
Shahr-i Sokhta: mud brick architecture (AB ev)
Valparaiso: "the city is characterized by a vernacular urban fabric" (unesco website)
Verla Groundwood and Board Mill: The workers houses are in the traditional vernacular idiom(AB ev)
Vigan: the houses follow the typical plan of the tradional Bahay Kubo, with the second floor being the only living space. Most of the houses employ wood as one of the major materials in the construction. Ventanillas (lower sliding ventilators) only happen to manifest in the Philippines being a unique house feature.
Viñales Valley: "Most of the buildings scattered over the plain are simple; they are built using local and natural materials, and are used as homes or family farms."
Wachau Cultural Landscape: The entire Wachau with its historic and vernacular buildings, with the picturesquely interrupted hill ranges on either side, with the river in its midst, is a big and lively Gesamtkunstwerk (nom file)

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